Four Seasons of Loneliness with J. Walter Freiberg III

In This Episode…

  • What “feeling lonely” really tells you
  • Why loneliness is a serious public health problem
  • How to make and restore connections to old and new friends

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Key Points

Loneliness is a sensation like hunger or thirst. It’s a sensation of inadequate connection.

As of 2012, more than 1/4 of U.S. households are one-person households.

Chronic loneliness also makes you sicker (diabetes, high blood pressure, Alheizmer’s disease) and higher mortality. The cure requires no medicine and doesn’t cost money.


What You Can Do


To combat loneliness, maintain closer connections, and start reaching out to friends and loved ones (calling those who you haven’t seen or spending time with them) more regularly.

Take the initiative to reproduce communal contacts. Join groups at a community organization based on a hobby or cause (like at a church, the Y or a Meetup) on purpose. It’s not hard to find new contacts, but it takes diligence to seek them out and nurture them.

Connect with My Guest

J. Walter Freiberg, JD, Professor, Author


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